Promoting Sindhi Culture through Motion Animated Dolls

We have got an incredibly rich culture and tradition in all the provinces of Pakistan but sadly very few of us feel proud of it and even fewer work to promote it. Today, I accidentally got to attend a conference by Roche Pakistan at PC Karachi. While visiting the stalls of different pharmaceutical companies I heard traditional Sindhi music striking my eardrums, getting a little surprised as to how sindhi music would have anything to do with pharmaceuticals, I turned to see a stall decorated with electrically enabled models portraying Sindhi culture and traditional Sindhi lifestyle.

Everything in these models was laid out so perfectly that one could do nothing but praise the creativity of the designers and the hard work they have put in to creating such a master piece. What was also striking was the fact that all models had been associated with motion and sound representing different entities adding life to them as a whole.

A little investigation I landed on their website but more importantly have a look at a few videos, these wonderful pieces are definitely going to be a great source of not only promoting the culture of different provinces within the country but in general that of Pakistan across the world.

Link: Danyal Handicraft
Videos: Jalal, babaji, Lasi, Huka & many more

Story Blogged by Fariha Akhtar

7 Comments so far

  1. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2007 @ 8:31 pm

    Sindhi is a very beautiful language. I remember I used to like this language during school days and I got 90% marks in 9th class. Being an urdu speaking person it was a great achivement. I didn’t even learnt “Haari pyara jawan saghara” poem like 95% of students of that time.

    Unfortunately Sindhi didn’t get the deserving status and got surrendered infront of Punjabi which is a “boli” rather a “language”. Few days back I was reading that Sind govt will distribute free eng->Urdu/Sindhi dictionary in govt schools to increase literacy and increase awareness of Sindhi. I hope this exercise brings some fruitful results.


  2. UZi (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2007 @ 9:15 pm

    I need to learn to speak (and read) Sindhi. Help! :-\

    PS: I learnt to read Urdu in a week, so yayyy! :D :P


  3. Paindu_dude (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    You can not teach culture or associated crafts and linguistics in the classrooms or by distributing dictionaries.This is a kind of living experience and you have to be part of the community to fully grasp the context and idiosyncrasies.As long as culture and language/boli are in the realm of celebration and festivity everything is ok,but people sometimes become too much obsessed with their cultural bondings and this is what gives rise to racisim and prejudice.This also ruins otherwise mutual appreciation of each other’s heritage by different communities.For example listening to Abrar-ul-haq doesn’t awaken the racist demon in me as i can easily comprehend or relate to things he sings about.But the moment i hear the slogans like “Jaag Punjabi jaag” or “jiyay sindh” or whatever is happening in Balochistan i found it quite disturbing and sort of primitive defining of socio-cultural realities.The universities which are suppose to open minds and bring harmony to the society are adding fuel to the fire in the name of various political,religious or caste based orginisations.It is here that students get their first courses in group politics which they further strengthen and spread after leaving.
    People everywhere in Pakistan are friendly,hospitable and tolerant.It is the political poisoning based on racial or cultural divides which is ruining the spirit of unity and brotherhood.
    No amount of reason or logic can explain the riots of 1947 when centuries old neighbours turned enemies to cut each other’s throats.And now whenever i hear of this mahajar-punjabi clash or mahajar-sindhi riots i feel as if we are still sitting on a racial timebomb waiting to be triggered.When will we learn to behave like educated and mature human beings instead of primitive beasts.
    You see the true beauty of life is in simplicity and remaining true to your roots and surroundings as you can see in the village model.Travelling from Lahore to Islamabad you’ll find many such scene where women are preparing “Tandoor” for the evening meal and men tending the cattle.The sights of symmetric lush green fields and farms is simply absorbing.I also used to notice that how the shapes and designs of vessels/pottery and pushcarts/oxcarts used to change as you’re entering from one province to another.Also my early childhood was spent in seraiki and sindhi areas,people and sounds of these are no alien to me.Such efforts of bringing culture closer to the people should be appreciated and must be more frequent to present our heritage to the world.


  4. Ahmad (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2007 @ 10:28 pm

    The work on Sindh culture , particularly sindhi language needs to be promoted. Unfortunately, the sindhi youth has chosen to become part of politics and ruined their center of learning like schools, universities. Sindhi politicians are wadairas and they want to keep Sindh an educationally backward society by indulging the youth into hate politics. Its time for Sindhi youth to stop protest politics and struggle to uplift the educational institutions to standards.


  5. danny (unregistered) on March 4th, 2007 @ 1:01 am

    Do they sell these handicrafts/dolls? How much do they cost?


  6. Fariha Akhtar (unregistered) on March 4th, 2007 @ 1:53 am

    @Adnan

    Gr8 job Adnan..it’s my mother tongue and even then i got about 85% marks :P

    @Uzi

    I can teach you to speak and read Sindhi :)

    @Danny

    No idea!


  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 4th, 2007 @ 11:34 am

    Fariha, my mother tongue is urdu but i didn’t get more than 70% marks in 10th and Inter :-)



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